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Mooney Trail #12, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 6.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,757 feet
Elevation Gain 1,838 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,893 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.21
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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1  2017-03-05 Boothroyd
4  2014-09-13 hikeaz
6  2011-08-28
Bunker Hill Spring Canyon
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Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:15am - 6:26pm
Official Route
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This trail was originally built to drive cattle to and from summer pastures on the rim and is still used for this purpose. Because of this relationship to ranching, this is a wide, well constructed trail. The trail begins next to Black Tank at the junction of FR's 525C and 9551. The trail turns due north along FR 9551A. The road ends at Sebra Tank and the foot path begins. Both of the two-track roads are rough but driveable. The wilderness boundary is along the 9551A road so take care not to drive off the road.

From Sebra Tank the trail follows Mooney Canyon for about 2.25 miles at which time it starts a steep ascent to the top to the rim. Views are outstanding not only from the top but all along the way. Shade is available in the riparian zone of the canyon but once on the slopes of the canyon, shade becomes scarce. The trail tops out at the junction of Taylor Cabin and Casner Mountain trails. These trails offer some alternatives to returning by way of the same route. Please note that this can be a very hot hike during the warm months. Take plenty of water!

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Most recent Triplog Reviews
Mooney Trail #12
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It was a cool and overcast day and, except for 20-30 mph winds, perfect weather. The FR2551 portion of the trail from 525C/Black Tank was indeed a little boring, but once up on the ridge had some nice views of the surrounding terrain, including the Red Rock canyons to the east and Robber's Roost to the west. Spring Creek was flowing nicely, and crossing with dry feet was difficult but not impossible. The water lines on the rocks suggest that the creek level is falling steadily. I took my two dogs, and besides a couple of cactus punctures, no problems. I saw no other people on the trail. Signs of recent deer and elk movement were apparent, but no sightings. Lots of furry coyote scat everywhere. On the way back, spotted a large javelina near Black Tank, and about 20 ducks in the water. Hiked in 4 miles from Mooney trail head, far enough to get a feel for the place. Look forward to a return visit, possibly from the northern terminus of FR525, if access is available.

Some manzanita in bloom.
Mooney Trail #12
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Bypassed the keeper.

Canyon narrows are very cool.

Burned half an hour admiring a momma and baby waste of half an hour I can think of! :y:

Elk trails in Mooney are fantastic.

Hot Hot HOT!! :sweat: on Mooney trail exit. Approx 88 at the top (which I considered cool), so I'm guessing 95-100+ at the was tough to handle for this non-native Arizonan.

Permit $$
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. Go to Red Rock Pass then check "When is a Red Rock Pass Required?". If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.

Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
see map for camping restrictions

Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
Warning: private property issue is said to be an issue, you have been warned!

Location: About 40 miles south of Flagstaff (10 miles west of Sedona) on paved and gravelled roads.

Access: Drive 30 miles south from Flagstaff through Sedona on US 89A. Five miles past Sedona turn north on FR 525 and follow the signs to Sycamore Pass. Turn west on FR 525C and continue for 5 miles to the trailhead. Watch for the trailhead sign on your right along FR 9551 next to Black Tank.
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